Friday, July 16, 2010

Wonderful July Evening Meeting

I hope everyone enjoyed last night’s meeting as much as I did!!

First, we were pleased to present a $1,000 scholarship check to this year’s recipient, William Holderfield. William is currently working towards his doctorate in Public History at Loyola University. He shared some of the surnames from his personal genealogical search and also his goals for the future. We wish him the best and are pleased we can be of some small help.

Pictured: William Holderfield and President Larry Pepper



Then, we heard from our speaker, Tim Pinnick. He gave us such an enthusiastic and educated talk that whether one had coalminer ancestors (Tim would say “yet”) or not, the insights Tim presented carry over to any research project.

He suggested we not overlook the “gold mine” to be found in thesis and other published student papers. If you can find such papers written on you subject, you’ll find most of your research already done for you!

If you are looking for information on coal mining or even a specific coalminer, check out Tim’s website. He has wonderful helps and links to help you in your search. Also, don’t be misled by the URL, Tim has lots of general mining tips and hints for all to use. Look for him at www.blackcoalminerheritage.net.

If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, take advantage of it. He is a joy to the ears and he lightens the heart!!

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